Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

Happy Groundhog Day!

groundhog day, bill murray

"There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don't see any other way out. He's got to be stopped. And I have to stop him." -Groundhog Day

Well, unlike the movie, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so according to him, we will have an early spring. What does he know, he’s only been right 39% of the time since 1887! I shouldn’t be too hard on him, though. He’s as good a meteorologist as any, I suppose!

"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." -Groundhog Day

Well, I know I’m in the minority, but personally, I like winter. In fact, I love winter! Spring is nice, sure, but I just love everything about winter, from Christmas right on through to… well, whenever it decides to end.

"Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today." -Groundhog Day

Anyhoo, whatever Mr. Phil says, it’s still winter right now. And if you, like much of the country, it seems, are looking outside and seeing something like this:

My neighbor's tree

or this:

Another neighbor's tree

or this:

My tree

or this:

My backyard

then what YOU need is chili.

We have chili a lot in my house, in various forms. It makes my husband and 6-year-old very happy. It makes my 4-year-old very angry. In fact, he stormed into the kitchen at dinner time and said, “I HATE chili! Make me some pasta!” As it happens, I already had a pot of macaroni cooking for him, because I always make plain macaroni for the kids when we have chili. But a “Nope, sorry, there is no pasta for rude little boys” prompted an apology, and he happily ate his pasta at dinner.

Turkey Taco Chili

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with chiles (like Rotel)
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 3-4 TBSP taco seasoning*
  • shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese
  • sour cream

*I don’t know how many tablespoons are in a packet of taco seasoning, but I’m guessing 1 packet will do. I make my own taco seasoning from this recipe, and I just keep it in a gladware container in the pantry, because you never know when you’ll have a taco emergency.

Brown the turkey with the onion and garlic and drain. Place in slow cooker with the beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Add the taco seasoning and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.

And for those of you non-crockpotters (you know who you are!) this can just as easily be done on the stovetop. Or you can just go buy a crockpot, because they’re AWESOME!


turkey taco chili

I like to top mine with cheese and sour cream.

And, of course, one must always remember to accessorize:


chili accessories

I was going to post this recipe last night, but one of the accessories (I’ll let you figure out which one), made me (and my husband) fall asleep on the couch right after dinner and not wake up until after the kid’s bedtime.

They didn’t mind.

And for dessert:


"Antique car" pound cakes

How cute are these little cakes?

Pound cake cars 2I made these chocolate chip pound cakes using a pan I got for Christmas a few years ago. I don’t use it very often because I’m not very good at decorating them! But it makes these super cute little antique cars:

antique car cake pan

It isn’t so super cute when it comes time to clean it, though! 😦

Of course I heard no complaints from the critics about dessert. But dinner?

Batman: It’s delicious! A bunch of thumbs up!

Don Corleone: This is really good. If you make this every day, I’m going to need some new pants.

Sarah Crewe: Leaning towards good… I think.

Curious George, who did taste it: I don’t like it. It’s spicy.

I asked Elmo if she liked it, and she nodded and said her new favorite phrase: “There it is!” And she did, in fact, eat every bite.

Now go make some chili!


One response to “Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

  1. I love that movie and your taco chili sounds delicious. You just gave me something to do tonight!

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